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Preaching to the Calendar: Celebrating Days Secular and Sacred

Westminster John Knox Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Mother's Day, Labor Day, July 4th---even though they're secular celebrations, you'd like to recognize them from the pulpit. This collection of more than a dozen sermons with homiletical comments does just that. Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kalas brings 38 years of pastoral experience to bear in this resource you'll use year round. 144 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 5 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0664227147
ISBN-13: 9780664227142
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Pastors face a perennial challenge in deciding how to treat special days in the calendar. For days marked in the church year, the challenge is how to speak a fresh word about a familiar theme or story. For days marked in the civil calendar, the challenge is to discern within secular celebrations appropriate connections with the Christian gospel. In Preaching the Calendar, masterful preacher J. Ellsworth Kalas discusses the importance of embracing holidays and special days as occasions when sermons can enlarge and deepen spiritual yearnings. His words of wisdom demonstrate how this type of preaching can be done well and serve as valuable sources of stories and sermon illustrations for pastors eager to help people find new and renewed relationships with God.

Author Bio

J. Ellsworth Kalas is Senior Professor of Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He formerly served as President of Asbury. Kalas served for thirty-eight years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio. He has published more than thirty books, including Grace in a Tree Stump: Old Testament Stories of God's Love and Preaching the Calendar: Celebrating Holidays and Holy Days, both available from WJK.

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